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Update (I do still breathe)

So randomly I decided to look at this site again, and it appears it was broken for a while… so, all should be good now, but then I noticed that I haven’t posted in about 8 years, so there’s that.

Been drawing a lot more lately, and really not sure what I’m going to do with this site (it feels awfully clunky), but I will probably at least half-heartedly attempt to come here and jot thoughts as they occur to me, not really because I think anyone actually is all that invested in coming here, but at least for myself.…

UI Phone Home

Aza recently posted about the problem with the home button on many modern touch devices. I empathize with the problem he mentions as I oftentimes find myself nervously hitting the home button when trying to get to the root of my current mental context (which is the application).
However, I can’t say I agree with his proposed solution (and it seems many of the commenters on his post have the same issue with it that I do). The camera model, for me at least, doesn’t really work because I actually find the autofocus button on modern camera’s to be mentally …

Why’s the site so stale?

Hey all, this is one of those protypical posts where a blog author who hasn’t blogged in a long time apologizes profusely, talks about how busy he is, and then promises more activity.
🙂
I do have a new site design being worked on, with a bit better layout. Let’s just say that since my last blog post, I’ve been to about 5 different countries, and my work with Liferay has been going better than ever. I currently blog over on the company blog, but I will be doing more stuff here.
What about artwork? Well, it seems I don’t …

Microsoft’s Salvation

Well, the title is a tad bit hyperbolic, but here are two ways that I think Microsoft could easily garner some really good will, and perhaps generate some true love for it again.

If done, either of these would make Internet Explorer the darling of web developers and designers out there.
The first way is probably unlikely, but I would give another toe to see it happen:

1. Swap the rendering engine with Gecko
Long term, this makes the most sense for Microsoft. They could very seriously profit from the open source communities hard work if they would drop the …

Wealth is not theft

After reading Ryan’s response, I think the disagreement goes deeper than just between socialism and capitalism, but on economic principles, and even applied rational thought.

As such, I am going to be an anal jerkwad, and pick through his response, both for his edification, as well as my own (and anyone who is reading this). I would love some feedback though, especially if any of my thoughts are illogical.

Point 1: "Economic wealth is theft"
I have to strongly disagree, and I can prove why this is wrong, both from a point of view from Biblical morality, as …

A thought

Even though Ryan hasn’t written back yet, I was thinking over my own post, and it occurs to me that I made a few statements that seem kind of contradictory, and I’d like to clarify those.

The apparently contradictory statements is like this:
It appears that I am against socialism because of the Golden rule, and yet morally okay with imprisonment and even torture in rare circumstances, even though those both violate that rule.

The argument I can anticipate goes something like:
"Since people being able to eat trumps the moral rule of do not steal, it should be okay …

A response

Okay, so Ryan posted his reasons for not agreeing with Bush, and since I think we’re both arguing from the same foundation (that of a Judeo-Christian morality), I figured I could address his issues, and maybe get a good discussion out of this, as well as some clarity.

For those who still contend that morality has no place in politics, the questions still stand.

But let’s get to it:

1. "Bush gives tax breaks to the wealthy and the corporate while increasing taxes and cutting programs for the poor and the weak."

This one SOUNDS like a good …

5 questions

I am asking this not to start some sort of stupid argument, but to truly understand:

Why exactly do most liberal or left-leaning Democrats have a problem with what Bush does on a day to day basis?

What I mean is, why is there so much invective and hate towards the guy?

According to them it’s because of the war in Iraq, the civil liberties at home, etc. But even if all the bad stuff they say about him is true, which I only concede for the sake of this discussion, why do they care?

They’re the same group of …

The ternary

If you’ve been doing PHP or Javascript programming, and you’ve never used the ternary operator then you’re in for a treat.

But if you have used it before, I think I have a tip that will help when using it.

Here it is:

var x = (expression) ? result1 : result2;

Now, what does that say?

Basically, it’s for when you’re assigning variables, you can evaluate an expression, and depending on the result, it will give you multiple results.

It’s basically equivalent to this:

var x;
if (expression) {
    x = result1;
} else {
    x = result2;…

Karma

The problem with the idea of Karma, in my humble opinion, is this:

Supposedly, you’re on this cyclical journey, spiraling ever closer to the nebulous and dilutive rejoining of spirit to "Eternal force", and you’re successive lives depend upon the actions that you’ve done in your current life.

However, here’s the problem:
Joe is a jerk in his current life. He takes advantage of people, cares only for himself, and is an all around a-hole.
So in his next life, he comes back as a dog.
So, his new owners, if they’re good people, treat him well, teach him tricks, …